Kanelas Flamenco Rocks led by dancers Chari Saldana
and Johnny Tedesco, and musical director Richard Tedesco melded
rock and flamenco in music and dance. Arte Kanela is renowned for
creative superiority, passion and contemporary line of attack in
flamenco. They are Australias most important flamenco ensemble.
Flamenco Rocks drew from the raw energy of rock and add the
rhythmic tapestry of Flamenco. Charito, Johnny and Richard spent
two years melding jazz, rock and electronic grooves and contemporary
movement to create an innovative form of flamenco.
Rocks referenced Flamenco and introduced non-flamenco instruments
electric guitar, electronic music and DJ grooves, bass and
a full drum kit. The choreography incorporated new forms of flamenco
movement, poise and attitude. Flamenco and rock are iconoclastic
forms of expression that can vary from the banal to the most profound.